It will be an understatement to say that the big, butch Audi Q7 is getting very long in the tooth. In the age of car life cycles that scarcely exceed half a decade, the first generation Audi Q7, refreshes and facelifts included, has been around since 2005. A decade old luxury crossover isn’t exactly what fat cats are falling over to buy and Audi knows this. The 2016 Audi Q7 is in the works and will be underpinned by the MLB platform, which is essentially an iteration of the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform for larger cars and SUVs. The MLB platform based 2016 Audi Q7 will use plenty of aluminium to emerge lighter than before.
How light? How about an 800 pound/363 kilogram bout of dieting? Well, that’s how light the 2016 Audi Q7 luxury crossover aims to get. Naturally, performance is bound to get perkier, with reduced tail pipe emissions and increased fuel efficiency to boot. The new Audi Q7 will continue using the 3 liter, V6 TDI turbo diesel motor as a staple, with various power outputs and turbocharger configurations to make for 215 Bhp, 266 Bhp and 310 Bhp outputs. More turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine options are likely to be added in due course of time. A Quattro all wheel drive and the 8 speed automatic transmission is likely to make it to the diesel powered, 2016 Audi Q7 headed to Indian shores.
In terms of seating, the 2016 Audi Q7 luxury crossover will retain its ability to squeeze in seven fully grown Homo sapiens. Advanced features, infotainment and connectivity options are a given on the new Q7, especially considering the big gap in the first and second generation models. The crossover’s current version is assembled in India, at Audi’s Aurangabad assembly facility that it shares with Volkswagen group marque Skoda. The same CKD assembly set up will be carried over to the new Audi Q7 as well. In its current guise, the Audi Q7 is a hot seller in the Indian luxury SUV space. Audi India will be hoping that the next generation model fits into the same mould seamlessly.